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Which is More Important, Lagging Skills or Behaviors?

Now that you’ve been introduced to Dr. Ross Greene and one of his tools, the ALSUP, it would be important for you to learn how to use it! Remember, it’s not the behaviors we want to focus on, it’s the lagging skills that the child has not yet developed. The key to figuring out when the lagging skills occur is to discover the situations during your child’s day that the […]

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You Need to Know about Lagging Skills and How They Affect Student Behavior!

Have you ever read that one book or gone to that one conference that changed your whole thinking about something? It’s an educational epic moment when you sit and listen to someone speak and you feel as though they are hitting every belief you’ve had on a topic, yet somehow that person brings clarity to the subject to an extent that you wonder why you didn’t see it from the […]

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Can Flexible Seating Really Help Students to Stay on Task?

If you are willing to take a chance, a leap of faith…you might want to try a different approach to keep students on task. Try allowing your students to engage in flexible seating. Is it novelty or is it comfort? Perhaps it’s a little of both. Either way if it helps your students stay focused, does it really matter? Take a look! If you check out Pinterest you can find […]

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Do You Know the Ten Questions to Ask to Get an ACE Trauma Score?

Since right before Winter Break, my school has been taking a new approach with our students who have behavior issues. One of the things we’ve begun to consider is how trauma is possibly affecting the behaviors we’re seeing. Our behavior specialist has offered us some key insights into the affects of trauma. She introduced our staff to the ACE questionnaire. You will hear all about that in today’s video! Take […]

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Do You Treat Your Child with Special Needs Like a Child First?

Several years ago I was working with a young girl who needed homebound services because she was too medically fragile to attend school. I was both her speech/language therapist and her teacher. It was my job to teach her some communication skills and to stimulate her thinking and to explore what she was able to learn. Nearly everyday that I provided services, this little girl’s grandmother would watch me work. […]

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Expanding Expression Tool to Enhance Writing for ALL Children!

If you have not heard of the Expanding Expression Tool or EET, you are missing out on one of the easiest writing strategies I’ve ever seen! It works it’s magic with visual/tactile prompts to help organize your student’s thoughts! Once you’ve seen the kit that Sara Smith has designed, you are going to want one for yourself, your business, your child, your child’s classroom, or your school!!!! You know that […]

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A Great Solution to Preventing Skin Scratching for Students with Special Needs.

You know and I know every year you will be charged with teaching a student who brings unique challenges well before you can even get to reading, writing and math. Sometimes those challenges are medical issues that you have very little control over and that can be so frustrating!!!! If we can’t change the situation we can at least try to manage it. In today’s video I am sharing a […]

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A Clever Visual Support That Teaches Social Turn Taking!

Social skills have been well documented as one of the most important things we can give our students if they are to make and keep friendships and if they are to get and maintain a job, yet it remains a huge challenge to our students/children. You probably already have guessed that I’m going to promote going visual to help this process along! Our students, especially those on the autism spectrum, […]

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How You Can Use A Super Hero Prop to Stop Impulsive Grabbing!

Do you have an impulsive grabber in your classroom, among your young clients or in your household? These kiddos are not thinking when they see something or someone they want to touch. They see it, they grab it. The question today is, how can we stop that or at least slow it down? Several years ago I had a middle school student who liked to grab staff in frustration or […]

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See How a 3-D Snowman Can Help Develop Language Skills!

Have you ever noticed that when you do most anything in 3-D your kids pay more attention? I’ve brought children’s books alive with objects my students can see, touch, take, give, and manipulate. They pay attention!!! I can hold the attention of pre-school students with special needs for up to 30 minutes if I go 3-D and make whatever I’m doing interactive. Students of all ages are more engaged if […]

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